Dalian Restaurants & Dining
Where and What to Eat in Dalian
The well known seaport city of Dalian brings to the visitor’s plate everything that makes it unique. Straddling mainland China to its left and the East China Sea to its right, Dalian’s cuisine bears a reflection of its thriving marine industry and the culinary accents of its nearby Asiatic neighbours.
Despite being a relatively young city, vibrant Dalian features a lot of Chinese history in its cuisine. Many restaurants offer the discerning traveler a window into China’s past, particularly its more rural traditions with classic flavors, textures and cooking methods. The pleasant locals, thriving business, tourism and pleasant weather make Dalian a wonderful place to sit down and enjoy the culinary delights that come with the unique geographic, historical and cultural features of this city.
Dining in Dalian typically reflects Dongbei traditions as well as a reflection of their thriving seaport. Dalian’s seafood is well worth a try, as is the plethora of local restaurants and flavors that undoubtedly have a lot to offer. Located close to both the Korean peninsula as well as Japan, you are likely to find both influences in the local cuisine as well as restaurant choices, ranging from the elegant and upscale to the affordable and even quirky. Those who prefer western cuisine should not feel left out, however as Dalian has a wide selection for them as well.Read More
Some visitors are not only looking for a place to eat, they are looking for a place to live and experience life in Dalian. Bangchuidao Hotel is a prestigious national hotel located in Dalian whose dishes are matched by the hotel’s amenities. Located near the sea, Bangchuidao offers high quality seafood in their Chinese dishes, but with a classy, almost European spin. When you are not eating, you can enjoy yourself at Bangchuidao’s gold course or tennis courts.
- Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
- Address: No.1, Yingbin Lu, Zhongshan District, Dalian
- Cuisine: Chinese
- How to get there: Suggested bus route: 404,703
Brooklyn Bar and Restaurant
It’s not uncommon in Dalian for locals and tourists with taste of American cuisine to head to the Brooklyn Bar and Restaurant. The visitor is greeted with a large menu, teeming with a variety of pizzas, burgers and other classic American fare. The atmosphere has the sort of vintage, classic American charm that would appeal to both foreigners as well as locals.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00 Closed on Mondays.
- Address: 184 Bulao Jie, Xigang District, Dalian
- Tel: +86 411 8686 7426
- Cuisine: American
Chengdu Lao Tan Zi Hotpot
Traditional Chinese Hotpots rose in popularity more than a millennium ago among the local Sichuan. The Chengdu Lao Tan Zi Hotpot was named just after this tradition, referring to the tradition of cooking stews in hotpots at the table. The Hotpot carries this theme in authentic fashion, with historic artifacts accenting the decor and the menu, leaving the visitor with a truly enchanting experience.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00 Daily
- Address: 74 Lu Xun Road, Sanba Plaza, Zhongshan District, Dalian
- Tel: +86 411 271 8899
- Cuisine: Traditional Chinese
Da Di Chun
Located a few blocks down from Zhongshan Park, Da Di Chun offers tourists, visitors and curiosity-seekers something of a pit-stop. Da Di Chun is less of an immersive experience and more of a Dalian fast-food joint. Priding themselves on their speed and convenience, the culinary outlet boasts a mere 20-minute wait on all their dishes. Surprisingly, despite peak-hour crowds, customers report high-quality service.
- Location: Qu Dong Bei Lu Fu Lu Huang He Jie on Dongbei Road.
- Tel: Unavailable
- Cuisine: Dongbei-style fast-food
Hans Pub is the quintessential western pub in the coastal city of Dalian. At Hans pub, all the beer is brewed on the grounds, assuring the visitor a unique, authentic experience of Dalian-brewed Australian-hops. Hans has a significant selection of western offerings for the homesick tourist, and the overall atmosphere makes Hans a wonderful place to visit.
- Address: 268 Jiefang Road, Zhongshan District, Dalian, 116001
- Tel: +86 411 230 6322
- Cuisine: American, Australian, European
Loong Yuen Restaurant
Located within the Holiday Inn, the Hong Kong trained chef adds a touch of quality to the menu, which offers a creative mix between traditional Japanese and Cantonese dishes. This restaurant is in high demand, so do not be surprised if you stop by and can’t find a seat. Your best bet would be to call and reserve a table. Take it from me- it’s totally worth it.
- Address: 288 Zhongshan Road
- Tel: +86 22 2628 8888 (Reservation highly recommended)
- Cuisine: Cantonese & Japanese
- How to get there: Buses: 19, 23, 31, 101, 201
Mingzhu Revolving Restaurant
Sitting atop the Bohai Hotel, not unlike its crown is the Mingzhu Revolving Restaurant, the most famous of it’s kind in Dalian. The beautiful panoramic view draws visitors like moths to a flame. With an award-winning chef crafting the menu as well as its delectable seafood, the experience is unmistakably enchanting.
- Address: 8 Shenli Square, Bohai Pearl Hotel, Zhongshan District, Dalian 116001
- Tel: +86 411 8265 0888
- Cuisine: Chinese
Shuangshengyuan Seafood Restaurant
Shuangshengyuan went from a small street vendor to one of the most well known Chinese eateries in Dalian. It’s skyrocketing popularity among the locals resulting in branches being opened in several other Chinese cities. With a menu centering around local fish and other seafood ingredients, Shuangshengyuan does well to focus on local favorites that is sure to give the visitor a taste of the Chinese seafood experience that is both unquestionably authentic and delicious.
- Address: 1 Anle Jie, Zhongshan District, Dalian
- Tel: +86 411 8264 7800
- Cuisine: Chinese Local
Tian Tian Yu Gang
Another well-known and well-appreciated Chinese seafood restaurant in Dalian- Tian Tian Yu Gang has had a big impact on Dalian’s culinary scene, with several different locations opening up around the city as testament to their quality and desirability. Unlike many other Chinese eateries, Tian Tian Yu Gang offers a more elegant, upscale experience. At Tian Tian Yu Gang the focus is on the customer, and it’s hard to debate, as you are even offered to customize your dishes based on how you like it. Renowned for excellent service, quality atmosphere and elegant scenery, Tian Tian Yu Gang is the place to be for a night out.
- Address: 9 Qilin Lane, Dalian, 116011
- Tel: +86 411 282 3668
- Cuisine: Chinese Local
If you’re in the mood to try some authentic Chinese dishes, but with a contemporary twist, try Wanfulu Restaurant at the Wanda International Hotel. Located on the third floor of the building, the buffet at Wanfulu offers a creative twist on the wide variety of the local seafood bounty.
- Address: 3rd Floor, Wanda International Hotel No. 539, Changjiang Lu, Xigang District
- Tel: Unavailable
- Cuisine: Chinese Local, Seafood